Jean Laskey Drew ’38

Jean LaskeyJean Laskey Drew, daughter of Edward Philip Laskey, M.D. and Charlotte Tice Laskey, RN born on August 25, 1919 in Haverhill, Mass., died peacefully at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence with her family by her side on June 2, 2015.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roger T. Drew, M.D.; her brother, E. Philip Laskey and two infant grandsons, Nicholas Parker Gebhardt and Patrick James Drew.

Although skilled as a medical lab technician, she spent the majority of her adult life devoted to raising her five children. She had lived with her family in the Delmar area since 1955. As the children were grown, an artistic talent was revealed, and she completed many beautiful watercolor and oil paintings. Her keen eye for color was also exhibited in her many flower arrangements, home decorating and choosing her husband’s neckties.

She was a long time member of the Bethlehem Garden Club. For over 50 years, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Delmar, volunteering regularly for many of their programs. She also volunteered with the American Heart and Cancer Associations and the Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc, delivering Meals on Wheels into her eighties! Jean never had an unkind word for anyone. Her gentle spirit and giving personality, allowed her to never tire of helping others. She loved traveling, especially with her husband, to visit family and friends, with much time spent in Cape Cod and Maine.

She is survived by her five children, Diana Drew of Northborough, Mass., Dr Philip Drew (Linda) of Cape Neddick, Maine, Gregory Drew (Cathy) of Marietta, Ga., Kevin Drew (ex-wife Kay) of Petaluma, Calif. and Jennifer Gebhardt Miller of Delmar. Also, nine grandchildren, Allison (Kyle) Apigian, Trafton (Liz) Drew, Colleen (Davis) Dunbar, Brandon (Tara) Drew, Emma, Aimee and Christopher Drew, and Alexander and Kerry Gebhardt; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

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